Record Details

NHER Number:9887
Type of record:Building
Name:St Andrew's Church, Framingham Earl


A medieval parish church, built mainly of flint with a 12th century round tower, a 13th century porch and extensive 19th century restoration. The church may date back to the Late Saxon period, and an excavation carried out in 1984 discovered Late Saxon burials and pottery. However, the church itself dates to the post Conquest period, although it may be on the site of an earlier building.


  • St Andrew's Church, Framingham Earl. A medieval parish church, built mainly of flint with a 12th century round tower, a 13th century porch and extensive 19th century restoration. Photograph from  © S. Knott


Grid Reference:TG 2774 0275
Map Sheet:TG20SE

Full description

Late Saxon chancel, rest of church altered in Norman, Early English and formerly Perpendicular.
For full details see (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NAU), 22 January 1982.

1984. Excavation.
Published report (S3) suggests no Late Saxon work in church but notes earlier burials and Late Saxon sherds.
The finds recovered during this work have been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1999.311)
E. Rose (NAU), 5 June 1987.

(S1) and (S4) assigns a pre Conquest date to the church, and (S2) states that the chancel is Late Saxon, both disagreeing with (S3). The church is built mainly of flint, with a 12th century round tower and a 13th century porch. Good example of a 12th century Norman doorway. Extensive 19th century restoration.
Two 15th century stained glass figures of St Margaret and St Katherine.
S. Spooner (NLA), 8 December 2005.

February 2011. Trial Trenching.
Single trench excavation on north side of church, in area of proposed extension.
No archaeologically significant features were observed. Finds recovered included a single medieval pottery sherd and disarticulated human bone fragments.
See report (S5) for further details.
S. Howard (HES), 17 August 2011. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 6 March 2015.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Late Saxon to 21st Century - 851 AD to 2100 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COFFIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • NAIL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW GLASS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG2702A-B.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1901. Hundred of Henstead. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol VII. pp 27-31.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 SE 20.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Illustration: Cotman, J. S.. 1812. North side of Framingham Earl Church (watercolour).
---Article in Serial: 1855. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 341-366. p 363.
---Serial: 1818. Excursions through Norfolk.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 344.
---Unpublished Document: Randall, G.. 2010. WEA Norwich Branch practical church exploration course report for St Andrew's Church, Framingham Earl..
---Leaflet: Simon Cotton & Roy Tricker. Saint Andrews Church, Framlingham Earl..
---Photograph: Framingham Earl, St Andrews Church. Print.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Frammingham Earl.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Photograph: Excavations CPY.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Rose, E.. 1987. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1373174.
<S3>Article in Monograph: Harris, A. P. 1987. The Twelfth Century Church of St. Andrew, Framlingham Earl. Three Norman Churches in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. Rogerson, A. et al.. No 32 pp 81-90.
<S4>Monograph: Taylor, H.M. and Taylor, J.. 1978. Anglo Saxon Architecture..
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: Birks, C. 2011. Report on an Archaeological Evaluation by Trial Trenching at St Andrew's Church, Framingham Earl, Norfolk. Chris Birks Archaeological Services. CB215R.

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